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Jitsi Desktop

Open-source video calling and chat platform.

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Online
  • BSD
  • Self-Hosted
Avg rating of 4.3 (14)| 16 comments

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A Video Conference with Jitsi Videobridge
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A Call Window in an Audio/Video call.
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Jitsi Desktop Features

  1.  Privacy focusedJitsi Desktop is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
  2.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Jitsi Desktop without registration.
  3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsJitsi Desktop can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
  4.  Multiple Account supportJitsi Desktop support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
  5.  Desktop SharingJitsi Desktop enables you to share your screen with other people in the same office or working remotely.

Jitsi Desktop information

  • Developed byJitsi.org
  • LicensingOpen Source (Apache-2.0) and Free product.
  • Written in
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.3 (14 ratings)
  • Alternatives70 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

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  •  3,758 Stars
  •  947 Forks
  •  216 Open Issues
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Our users have written 16 comments and reviews about Jitsi Desktop, and it has gotten 480 likes

Jitsi Desktop was added to AlternativeTo by Amila on and this page was last updated . Jitsi Desktop is sometimes referred to as SIP Communicator, Jitsi.

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Evi1M4chine_
  
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This is the only instant messenger, that offers all of the following features:

  • XMPP support.
  • Jingle video- and audio communication.
  • OTR end-to-end encryption.
  • ZRTP end-to-end video and audio stream encryption!!
  • Compatibility with pretty much every OS out there, since it’s based on Java.
  • Open source.
  • Free.

I have tried many many clients. They all fail at one if not most of these features.

  • Most will lock you into their network, making it impossible to chat with people on other servers. Imagine you couldn’t send a mail from Hotmail to Gmail, but only to Yahoo. That’s what they are doing here!
  • Many are closed-source, making all the encryption utterly pointless, as you can’t check the program itself in the first place.
  • Encryption is not end-to-end, and every evil intelligence agency or business that pays the maker enough money can play man in the middle, impersonate you, put viruses on your system, etc.
  • Not a single one offers actual video/audio encryption. Except Jitsi. So there’s not really an alternative.
  • Many won’t do video or audio communication at all.
  • The majority of them can’t run on anything but Windows and maybe some locked-down mobile toy operating systems. If you do professional work and need a professional OS, they leave you out in the cold.
  • And then many want real actual money … for mere worthless copies. That’s like paying somebody with copied bills. That’s not worth anything since there’s no actual work behind the copy. It’s ripping people off. It’s illegal for that exact reason. (Proper financing for software projects is done via crowdfunding the implementation of features!)

Skype and WhatsApp are prominent Examples. They should be avoided under all circumstances, since their whole “encryption” is fake. All they do, is use obfuscation disguised as encryption, to their servers, and that’s it. Anyone can hack that. It’s pointless.

Additionally, Jitsi supports rather unique and rare features:

  • Video bridging
  • Video conferencing up to 32 users (and more in the next version)
  • Provisioning. (An admin can set things up for a whole company, and avoid manually doing it for each system.)
  • SIP support. (If you prefer that over XMPP for some reason…)
  • Screen sharing
  • Raw packet logging
  • Call recording
  • Use of external contact lists. (E.g. via LDAP)
  • Videos and Images from over a dozen big sites right in the chat window.

And now the negative sides, so this doesn’t sound like an ad. :)

  • There being no alternative has the downside that you’ll rarely find some other user who can do all that too, without also installing Jitsi. (But Pidgin is promising.)
  • To achieve full XMPP+OTR and Jingle+ZRTP won’t be as easy as playing with colorful clickables, of course. It’s not supposed to be. Any further simplification would result in the loss of essential functionality. (But it’s not hard either. All it takes is to not be lazy.)
  • There’s no Android version (and no iOS one, but nobody cares). There will be one with Jitsi 3.0 this summer though. I hope…
  • Being that featureful and made in Java, it’s a bit slow to start up and sometimes a big buggy. To be frank, since it’s the only one that ever fully works at all, I can live with that. Besides, that too is supposed to be resolved soon, since 3.0 will apparently be a complete rewrite.
  • Can’t handle dark/reverse color schemes under Linux. You get light text on light background, and it may be unreadable. No problem with other schemes though. (I recommend forcing Java to a certain scheme in general.)

([Edited by Evi1M4chine_, March 12] Lists didn’t work; Also mentioned Pidgin; Some typos)

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KillAdwareDevelopers

android users now enjoy open source Conversations for easily implemented encryption and mobility XEPs

Jitsi android development seems to have stalled :(

Jitsi is a FANTASTIC project! I set it up for my family and select friends.

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Evi1M4chine_

@KillAdwareDevelopers: Sadly, Conversations isn’t in the EFF’s secure messaging scorecard: https://www.eff.org/secure-messaging-scorecard It looks pretty good though. Especially the OMEMO and OpenPGP support. Although it lacks ZRTP, only works on Android and can’t export contacts. [Edit: I found that it doesn’t use push messages. Even though those don’t have to be Google. So while it tries to save battery, it will always be more wasteful. Then again, so does Jitsi, until the mobile client is finished.] Sorry for previously being quick to judge. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. :)

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Evi1M4chine_

Update:

  1. Messengers like WhatsAPP now start to use high-quality encryption too. But since their source code is not open, there’s no point, since any government can make them build in backdoors. With Jitsi, you can just compile it yourself, and let an expert you trust audit the code for you, so you have actual confidence in its trustworthiness.

  2. Make sure to use Jitsi with ostel.co or a similar SIP provider following the OSTN standards, for complete security.

  3. Jitsi could use some more resources, like money, to implement OMEMO, so it could interact with Signal messenger and allow secure messaging even across federated networks. Which is very important so we don’t end up in a lock-in scenario with whoever dominates the market.

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igenn

@ Evi1M4chine_: ""There’s no Android version""

  • Of course it has!

Download link for: ANDROID

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Evi1M4chine_

@igenn: Do please tell us what you believe a “nightly build” is… and what it means, that it was last updated on 2014-02-21…? Can you also tell us, what “Android version (on hold)” on the roadmap page means?

As always, the most ignorant ones are also the loudest…

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igenn
  • You are the loudest here.. ssshhh... calm down I'm using it right now on my ANDROID phone. PLEASE do not argue with me, use it!
  • IT WORKS! (Are you going to change its description again and lie to the people that " It is not working :'( " ? WE know that it works. Try it!)

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KillPriusDrivers

Conversations only has push through play store version.

Better UI is Pix-art messenger.

Ostel.co is dead. :(

Many itsp now offer sRTP.

A better xmpp sip hybrid on android is: aTalk.

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Jitsi is robust videoconferencing that respects user's freedom and does not impose restrictions.

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nandayo
  
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SIP, OTR, screen sharing, file transfer... all what one could need. Problem: Nothing is working at all. Also the UI looks kinda childish.

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wimwauters

Your comments are rubbish: I use Jitsi on multiple platforms: OSX, OpenBSD, FreeBSD & Ubuntu. Version 2.3 works great. Did you try 1.1 or somthing?

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igenn

"Nothing is working at all."

It works.

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Guest
  
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Just as easy to set up an online meeting but without the limitations of zoom

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AnnieBridge
  
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Jitsi is a good open source platform for video conferencing. Good for Teams but not that famous like Duo...

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KaelShipman
  
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It's open source! And self-hostable!

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Duxer
  
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I like it, better free than whereby and fairly similar to xroom.app

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  • Group Chat
  • provisioning
  • xmpp-clients
  • zrtp
  • Web Conferencing
  • external-contact-lists
  • msn-messenger
  • hangouts
  • Chat
  • google-talk
  • icq-clients
  • group-call
  • aim-clients
  • ldap
  • conference-call-service
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